As the NFL season winds down, we are approaching that time of year where lots of NFL coaches will be getting fired. While lots of coaches prove themselves year after year, there is that handful of coaches that find themselves on the “Hot Seat.”
In his second year as a head coach, Ben McAdoo faced a lot of roadblocks. After losing a total of seventeen players to the injured reserve including Odell Beckham Jr, Brandon Marshall, and Janoris Jenkins, McAdoo seemed to be doomed from the start. Look at this this way, a coach is put to the real test when he is left without the majority of his top players. McAdoo, with something to prove after losing in the first round of the playoffs last year, did not pass that test. Even with an injury-riddled team, you could say that the Giants probably aren’t the worst team on paper still. McAdoo simply has not done well with his staff and players on both sides of the ball, considering the Giants are ranked 31st in total defense and 28th in total offense. There is no question, Ben McAdoo is in serious danger of losing his job.
Hue Jackson has won one game since the start of the 2016 regular season so it will be a shocker if he does not get fired after this season. Jackson’s 1-26 record with the Browns is something to frown at, and his only excuse for that is the players he’s been dealt and the injuries that his players have suffered. But good coaches don’t make excuses. Even if the Browns can string together a couple wins before the season is over, expect Jackson to be on a well deserved hot seat.
Over the course of the last six seasons with the Colts, Pagano has put up a 52-39 record; a record that many coaches on the hot seat would love to have. Despite that, Pagano has had his worst year with the Colts yet and considering that new General Manager Chris Ballard is in town, it is going to be very tough for Pagano to keep his job. The Colts are currently 27th in total defense, and allow the most points per game on average with 27.3 per game. This Colts team is not looking good at 3-8, which means Pagano’s job security is at risk.
If John Fox and the Bears did not go 3-13 last year, he would definitely have a better chance at keeping his job by the end of this year. The matter of fact is that Fox has yielded a record of 6-21 since 2016 and he does not have many excuses. The offense has been quite lackluster, and that has to fall on Fox. Jordan Howard has been the only bright spot on the offense as of late, and Mitch Trubisky has just not lived up to the hype. The Bears are only scoring about 16.1 points per game, and it’s clear that this team needs more considering their defense is average at best. Fox has been on the hot seat for quite some time and the blowout loss to the Eagles on Week 12 may have been the icing on the cake.
It is no secret that Koetter that one of the reasons that Dirk Koetter was moved up to Head Coach because of his previous job as offensive coordinator and because of his relationship and ability to work with Jameis Winston. Winston’s development plays a big role in Koetter being on the hot seat and considering that he did not really get any better, it is going to be tough for Koetter to keep his job. The Buccaneers have a lot of talent on offense this year, especially with the addition of DeSean Jackson and O.J. Howard. There was and still is no excuse for Koetter to have this team in the position they are in right now and that is why he finds himself on the hot seat.
As we head into Week 13, the job security of these coaches gets more and more ugly. We’ll have to see who makes it by the end of the season, but for now, things are not looking too good for this group of guys.